Celebrate the new year with the First Friday Art Walk, Friday January 1st from 6 to 10pm. Bring your family, friends, and out-of-town guests to the downtown arts district to enjoy original art, live demonstrations and more at an intimately-scaled holiday Art Walk, with nine participating venues this time--several of the regular Art Walk venues are closed on national holidays as a matter of policy, and several others have chosen to close for New Year's Day to spend time with family. For more information on the Art Walk call 849-8255 or visit www.ffaw.org. Here's the January lineup:--Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, features pastel drawings by Ed Gibson and new contemporary paintings by Chris Wood. --Big Smile Photography, 207 Park Central East, features award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Jeremy Lawson, with images from local events and around the world. --Fresh Gallery at the southwest corner of Campbell & Walnut expands its offerings of 3-dimensional art with the addition of January featured artists Hue Parnell with his functional pottery, and fused glass by Fonda Golding. --Photography is the medium of choice in January. Experience the unique photographs of James Radke at Global Fayre, 324 S. Campbell, where you can meet the artist over coffee, cookies and chocolate. Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut, showcases the environmental portraits of photographer Andrea Land, and The Gillioz Theatre (325 Park Central East) presents photographer Jessica Letterman, who specialize in landscapes, flowers, wildlife and architecture.--Get a sneak peek at the Missouri Arts Awards, which are being handcrafted at Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell, during the January Walk.--Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell, will present fine craft in clay, wood, metals, glass, fibers, photography, printmaking and jewelry by more than 45 local, regional and national artists.--Nonna's Italian Cafe, 306 South Avenue, will also be open Jan.1st for the art walk, with an art exhibit to be announced.